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Important voting information for UW-Madison students
May 10, 2012

Dean of Students Lori Berquam emailed the following information to UW-Madison students Thursday, May 10 in an effort to help students vote in the June 5 recall election:

Dear Students,

As you are aware, Wisconsin's recall election will be held on Tuesday, June 5.

As always, I strongly encourage you to be educated about the candidates and cast a ballot. Recent changes in voting laws, combined with the end of the semester, may require you to plan ahead.
Thank you, Dean Berquam. I have only one thing to add. May the UW's students do their part as important players in the following movie.



Above originally posted as part of Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Total Recall and Marriage Equality edition) on Daily Kos.
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Romney wins Michigan and Washtenaw County but splits delegates with Santorum
Washtenaw County Elections 2010 Examiner
For the order of finish of the top four Republican candidates, their vote percentages, and the splitting of the delegates between the top two candidates, Washtenaw County mirrored the results of the state of Michigan as a whole. On the other hand, the turnout, percentage of the vote cast in the Democratic primary, and order of the lower ranked candidates on the Republican ballot differed significantly from the rest of the state and displayed Washtenaw County's distinctive take on politics. Elsewhere in the state, Democrats crossing over to vote in the Republican primary may have had an effect on the result in at least one Congressional district.
For the rest of the article, surf over to Examiner.com. My blog here isn't monetized, but Examiner.com is.

As for anything I left out of the article, note that I assign part of the responsibility for Santorum's splitting the delegates between the Republicans in the Michigan legislature, who came up with the redistricting plan that moved Calhoun County out of the 7th District and replaced it with Monroe County. That worked to protect my former representative Tim Walberg from a challenge by my other former representative Mark Schauer, but it also made the district more friendly to Santorum. Without that slick move, Romney would have won that district and its two delegates. The rest I give to Democrats crossing over to vote in the Republican primary, although the clearest example involves Democrats voting for Ron Paul, not for Rick Santorum. Sorry, Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos, Operation Hilarity wasn't as effective as you thought it was, despite your bragging. Even so, the video is hilarious.



In other news, one of my New Year's resolutions was to resume writing for Examiner.com. As you can see, I finally got around to it.

Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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From Nablopomo on BlogHer.

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?
BEGINNINGS

January 1st is a blank slate, and you can make the year anything you want it to be? Leave your job and embark on a new career. Open that blank document and start that novel you always wanted to write. Join that online dating site, signup for a new class, or close your eyes and point to a place on a globe to plan your next vacation.

Beginnings can be scary, but as the adage by Lao-tzu goes, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." You can take a single step, right? And after that, it's just putting foot before foot, taking your new journey slowly and letting it unfold at its own pace. Along the way, blog about your experience, not only so readers can follow along, but so that you have a record of how far you've come any time you feel yourself falter.
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So what are you beginning this year? If you can name at least five things, it means you have at least five blog posts inside of you. And if you can do five posts, you can certainly expand that and do an extra 25 or so.
I have no problem popping off a post a day, as blogging about sustainability and politics in Detroit means never running out of material, so I've signed up again. I'm one of only two politics bloggers there, and the other one has already missed the goal of posting every day. Is this it? skipped the 3rd, 4th, and 6th. Yay, me.

On that note, here are the posts with the beginnings tag from this week.

Nablopomo for January 2012: Beginnings
This one has two versions of Chicago's "Beginnings" one from Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, and the other from the 27th Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps.

Occupy the Rose Parade, plus an astronaut on gardening in space
I love the Rose Parade, space exploration, and Occupy. I couldn't resist all three in one place.

2012: The Mayan Apocalypse? Yeah, right
Prepare for a year of DOOM!

Last night was the beginning of the primary/caucus season for 2012
And a year of politics, too.

WXYZ begins its North American International Auto Show coverage
This is a Detroit blog, after all.

Governor Snyder sued twice this week
Good going, Nerd.

New beginnings for two Metro Detroit transit projects
21st Century mass transit is "not dead yet!"

And that's it for this week.

neonvincent: For general posts about politics not covered by other icons (Uncle V wants you)
Forgot these posts from November in yesterday's post. With the loss of Herman "Plan 999 from Outer Space" Cain, they're a bit dated, but otherwise still topical until next Tuesday's Iowa caucuses.

If the GOP primary were a CEO search

Republican debate at Oakland University tonight

More videos about tonight's Republican debate

Video clips from last night's Republican debate

Rick Perry blowing his answer to the Jeopardy theme

Those last four have been surprisingly popular. The day after every Republican candidate debate, these posts jump up into the day's top ten most viewed entries. Praise be to search engines!

Still on the agenda--global and national environmental issues, local (Michigan and Metro Detroit) sustainability issues, and Tea Party screw-ups.
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Nate Silver displays Newt Gingrich's unimpeachable conservative credential

It's beginning to look a lot like Gingrich

You're a mean one, Newt Gingrinch

I know I've posted the above two links before. Hey, I'm an environmentalist. I recycle.

Perry fails to make VA GOP primary ballot

Now Gingrich misses the Virginia ballot

More political links tomorrow, most likely on either local issues or how Tea Partiers are screwing up sustainability.  Actually, there's a big overlap between those two categories; just Google Janice Daniels of Troy to see what I mean.

Now, off to play Star Wars: The Old Republic with my wife.

neonvincent: For general posts about politics not covered by other icons (Uncle V wants you)
These three posts have been very popular, as I had a bit fewer than 200 hits yesterday and more than 200 hits so far today, and it's not even noon.

Here are the previews.

Republican debate at Oakland University tonight

More videos about tonight's Republican debate

And here's the post about the debate itself.

Video clips from last night's Republican debate

My summary judgment about the debate was that Perry lost by shooting himself in the foot. Cain should be grateful for that. The sharks were circling him before the debate. Now they smell someone else's blood.

Just for completeness, here's the Nablopomo badge. This blog isn't registered in Nablopomo, but Crazy Eddie's Motie News is!

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